From Estonia to Poland – one of Europe’s largest predators relocated for survival

Posted on 26 November 2010    
Eurasian lynx (<i>Lynx lynx</i>).
Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx).
© Sanchez & Lope / WWF
 Warsaw – WWF plans to introduce lynx from Estonia into the Polish forests of Piska and Napiwodzko-Ramuckie in order to combat the declining population in the country. The first felines should be relocated by February 2011.

Bobcat numbers have been decreasing dramatically in Poland in the past 20 years resulting in the listing of the species, mainly threatened by hunting and habitat loss, in the Polish red Book of Animals in 1995.

‘The lynx’s survival is at stake in Poland. With the transfer of animals from Estonia, we hope to repopulate the forests and prevent the species from extinction in the country’ said Pawel Sredzinski, leader of the WWF Poland Lynx Campaign.

Lynx population in Poland have benefitted from a ban prohibiting hunting passed in 1995.

In Estonia, it is estimated that over a hundred animals are hunted annually. The situation of Estonian lynx’s population is stable.

WWF started raising funds to pay for the transfers. The cost of relocating just one lynx is 10’000 Zloty, almost eight times more than the country’s minimum wage.

There are currently only 200 lynx in Poland. Most of them live in the Polish Carpathians but an estimated 60 felines live in the Piska and Napiwodzko-Ramuckich forests where the Estonia bobcats will be introduced.

Eurasian lynx (<i>Lynx lynx</i>).
Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx).
© Sanchez & Lope / WWF Enlarge

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